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Sacking for "scab" comments disproportionate: FWC

BHP Coal Pty Ltd unfairly sacked a mine operator for misconduct over his use of the words "scab" and "scabby" in discussions with colleagues, because he did not direct the comments to anyone and they were not used in an industrial context, the FWC has found.


Watchdog fines Comcare for privacy breach

Information Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has fined Comcare $3,000 for breaching an injured public servant's privacy when it improperly shared details of his work-related injury.

Australia Post to pay $40,000 for race discrimination

A court has ordered Australia Post to pay $40,000 in compensation for race discrimination to a worker called a "f--king black bastard" by a colleague, but has rejected his claim for aggravated damages.


PC to conduct five-yearly "productivity performance" inquiries

The Federal Government has asked the Productivity Commission to conduct the first of a series of five-yearly inquiries into the nation's productivity performance, but the ACTU says the initiative ignores the "real problems" faced by workers.


No FEG payout for spouse of Muslim husband with second wife

A court has refused a Fair Entitlements Guarantee payment to an estranged spouse who was working for her husband when his business collapsed but claimed her marriage effectively ended after he took a second wife two years ago.